AMERICA'S PROXY WARS
Friday, January 19, 2007
Dr. Noel Gibeson Corbell
When the United States invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, U.S. forces initially fought the standing armies, such as they were, of those two nations. As expected, they were defeated in relatively short order and then the insurgency began as the remnants of these regular forces melted into the landscape. The lack of any viable follow-on civil plan once the initial fighting concluded meant that the army and police of the previous regimes were now unemployed. They formed the nucleus for today's insurgency.
But they had plenty of help. Regional pan-Islamists aware of the new power vacuum rushed to fill this gap by rallying others to fight the Crusaders returning to the lands of Saladin. They had plenty of volunteers. After all, when the Crusaders returned to the Middle East during the first Gulf War they hadn't they established U.S. military bases in Saudi Arabia? And that is on top of the American contractors who have been in Saudi Arabia for decades. Those initially came to drill for oil and never left in one of Islam's most holy areas; Saudi Arabia. Now, wasn't this ‘the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq’ just more Crusaders/invaders coming to solidify their grasp. After all, aren't they here because they want our oil and to corrupt our culture.
Mindful that American culture today is full of blatant sex, violence, drugs and unnatural sex practices that now includes, of all things, homosexual marriage; the conservative Muslim world wants no part of it. Their general attitude is to say, "Send us your Levis and music CDs, but keep all the rest." Conservative Christian Americans can also appreciate the depths to which American culture has sunk. In this, conservative Americans and Muslims have common ground, but there are vast differences in other areas, particularly when it comes to the Islamists' quest to establish a Caliphate.
A modern day caliphate would model itself after the historical Abbasid Caliphate that existed from 750 to 1258 AD in which Islam, through conquest, established itself as the dominate empire in the world and in the Middle East that included parts of modern day Spain, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Yemen. The envisioned modern day caliphate would expand previous boundaries to include Europe, North and South America, and Asia; in other words, world domination. Bin Laden sees the new caliphate being headquartered in Baghdad because of Baghdad's historical significance.
But first things first. The United States is still fighting two proxy wars fought with Muslim volunteers from all over the Middle East and elsewhere. The insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq are being supplied with money, weapons, ammunition and people from Iran and Syria.
If the Bush Administration did not understand what it was getting the United States into when it invaded these two countries, the historical significance was never lost on the Muslims who have always believed that the infidels, in league with dreaded Israel, would be coming to conquer and dominate them. After all, isn't that what Satans do?
But the question that the Bush Administration should have asked themselves is this: If we are fighting mere proxies (and not Iran and Syria directly) can we ever win?
Dr. Noel Gibeson Corbell. As president of the Mount Vernon Institute, Dr. Corbell provides research and consulting services into contemporary issues involving the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence, international affairs, human rights, the economy, terrorism, intelligence, homeland security, including counter-terrorism, and government responsibility and accountability. At Georgetown University, he taught courses as they relate to technology, intelligence, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism and space issues. One course called Intelligence and American Foreign Policy, examined unclassified, open-source documents and the steps in the intelligence cycle up to and including preparation of the National Intelligence Estimate. As an organizational management consultant and a radio broadcaster with WALE Radio 990, he produced and hosted a live, radio talk show broadcast over New England and New York called Tomorrow, Today. Earlier, Noel Gibeson Corbell was a career U.S. Marine Corps force recon and infantry officer. In that regard he served in operational positions worldwide in jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans. Later, he was a strategic planner at Headquarters Marine Corps and for the Secretary of the Navy. His commentaries have appeared in newspapers like the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, the Army Times, the Air Force Times, and on the Free Market News Network, as well as in The National Interest.